Apprentice Health Care Support Worker

Betsi Cadwaladr Univer
Conwy and Denbighshire Hospitals, Conwy and Denbighsire
Competitive salary
Closing date
5 Dec 2021

Job Details

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the "Disability Confident Employer" scheme. We also offer a number of family-friendly benefits, including childcare voucher schemes, work-life balance policies and on-site crèche facilities. Visit our web site

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.


Are you wanting to start a career in nursing?

This is an exciting opportunity to take that first step into a career in healthcare with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board working in partnership with a college of further education.

We are now looking to recruit a number of caring, compassionate and motivated individuals to join our Apprentice Health Care Assistant Programme leading to the eligibility for consideration of a permanent Healthcare Assistant post upon satisfactory completion of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships combine practical training with paid employment 'learn while you earn'

We expect you to:
  • Be at least 18 years of age on commencement
  • Have good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to demonstrate a caring and compassionate disposition and the commitment to work in a challenging but rewarding health care environment

As an apprentice, you can expect from us:

Full training by
  • Working alongside experienced staff to support you and help gain the practical skills you need
  • Learning job-specific skills
  • Achieving the "All Wales NHS HCA Induction Programme within 3 months of commencement
  • Achieving a Level 2/3 (depending upon previous qualifications) vocational qualification as a Health Care Assistant within 18 months of commencement followed by 6 months consolidation period
  • Support for essential skills training in English & Mathematics if required
  • 27 days paid holiday a year plus additional bank holidays (holiday entitlement increased with years of service)
  • All of your training will be paid for in full
  • A great experience of working as part of a team, making a real difference
  • Subject to the satisfactory completion of your apprenticeship, you may be eligible for consideration for a permanent Health Care Assistant post at the Health Board.
  • We will pay you during your apprenticeship which will last 24 months:
  • Up to 12 months prior to completion of training: 75 per cent of the pay band maximum of the fully qualified rate; (£14,938) (£7.66)
  • More than one but less than two years prior to completion of training: 70 per cent of the pay band maximum of the qualified rate; (£13,942) (£7.15)
  • After 2 years you are eligible for consideration for employment as a HCA earning the NHS Wales (Current) Living wage of £18,546 £9.51 per hour
  • Minimum wage rate is guaranteed during your apprenticeship- if higher than the apprentice rate above.

Hours of Work
  • During the first 3 months you will be expected to work your hours during the day Monday to Friday (the exact hours will depend upon the clinical area you are assigned to). After you have achieved the Care Certificate you may be expected to work any shifts Monday to Sunday between 07:30-20:30 (again depending upon the clinical area you are assigned to). Unsocial hours pay enhancements will be paid in accordance with Agenda for Change pay scales
  • After 6-8 months and at the discretion of your manager, you may also be asked to start working night shifts. Unsocial hours pay enhancements will be paid in accordance with Agenda for Change pay scales

There are some eligibility criteria for government funded Apprenticeships schemes that apply to these posts along with some locally determined criteria. Applicants must therefore be aged 18 or over at the expected start date, and must be under 25; have been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years. Must not hold a level three qualification (or above) in a health related subject; apprentices will normally be offered a 37.5hrs per week (full time) contract inclusive of college days.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 14th November 2021 . Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on either 19th November 2021 (please keep this date free in your diary). Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing rules, we need to do these assessments remotely - therefore it would be helpful if you have access to a computer/laptop. Please let us know if this is a problem so we can support you accordingly.

The apprenticeships are expected to commence in December 2021.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rhian Jones, Ward Manager
Available Monday to Wednesday

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To work in the UK, all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship to obtain either a Health and Care visa or Skilled Worker visa, unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply should self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship by visiting Work in the UK. If you are eligible for the Health and Care visa, application costs are lower and you do not need to pay the annual Immigration Health Surcharge.

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